22 May 2020 - The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has announced that South Africa has experienced a significant decline in rhino poaching since the lockdown commenced. April 2020 saw a marked decrease in rhino poaching countrywide, with the fewest rhinos poached in the Kruger National Park in a single month since September 2013.


22 May 2020 - The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, today held an online meeting with non-governmental organisations alleging breaches to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Today’s meeting follows the release of a recent report co-authored by the EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading which...


21 May 2020 - The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, has appointed an Expert Panel on Sharks to review the management and conservation of the species by South Africa. The nine-member Panel comprising of national and international experts will review South Africa’s National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (NPOA Sharks) over...


21 May 2020 - The department notes that EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading have produced a report titled Breaking Point: Uncovering South Africa’s Shameful Live Wildlife Trade with China. The report makes serious allegations relating to the abuse of the CITES permitting system. As a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)...


19 May 2020 - The President approved the request of the Director-General (DG), Ms Nosipho Ngcaba, to advance her career outside of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, two months ago. Her last day in the department will be 31 May 2020. With dedicated and selfless service in the public sector since 1997, Ms Ngcaba has been a constant feature in DEFF for 19 years.